Musician, music industry executive and philanthropist Mike Curb has donated a principal gift to UCLA to name the Mike Curb Music and Technology Lab in the new Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center.
Located in one of the two new buildings that comprise the new music facility, the Mike Curb Music and Technology Lab will be an Internet-based music production center that provides students and faculty the latest advances in music technology. The facility will also include a high-tech recording studio, spaces for rehearsal and teaching, a café and social space for students.
“Mike’s generous gift helps maintain UCLA’s position as a lead institution in music and music education as well as the school’s strong influence on the Los Angeles community,” said Christopher Waterman, dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. “The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music strives to implement a broad education for its young musicians with a wide range of course offerings each school year. Mike’s gift will help carry on the legacy of the school’s global vision through the establishment of new technological advancements, and will help us continue to attract the very best students from around the world. ”
"UCLA’s top-notch programs are preparing the music business leaders of tomorrow," Curb said. "I am proud to honor the vision of my friend and mentor, Mo Ostin, and help provide the technology facilities to UCLA students preparing for careers in the music industry. As the industry continues to go through enormous changes, it will be students graduating from programs like the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music who will shape that future."
Through personal experience, Mike Curb understands the effort and energy that young musicians put into their work. Mike began his music career as an 18-year-old songwriter in Southern California, and, today, presides over his own independent record label – Curb Records. The label will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, making it the oldest record company in America under the original owner. Curb Records has produced more than 300 No. 1 records and been honored by Billboard magazine as 2001 Country Music Label of the Year and Radio & Records magazine as 2005 Overall Gold Label of the Year.
In a career that spans five decades, Curb has earned multi-faceted success as a songwriter, producer and record company owner, covering a wide range of musical styles. Curb has worked with an array of artists including Linda Ronstadt, Lalo Schifrin, Sammy Davis Jr., Roy Orbison, the Osmond Family, Lou Rawls, the Sylvers, War, Gloria Gaynor, Liza Minnelli, the Judds, Leann Rimes, Hank Williams Jr., the Four Seasons, and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
In addition to his enthusiasm for music, Mike has also engaged his passion for education and government and community relations. He served as lieutenant governor (1979-1983) and acting governor of California.
This gift from the Curb Family Foundation helps UCLA reach the total amount needed to construct the Ostin Music Center, which houses the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Construction has begun in the summer of 2012, with a projected completion date in 2014.